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Coming out as good news for the ‘Indu Sarkar’ makers, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the plea seeking revocation of the censor board clearance which was given to the movie. The film which, directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, is set in the backdrop of the 1975-1977 Emergency.

In the order passed, the Supreme Court refused to put a halt on the release of the movie. The move had been caught up in the controversy as it has characters inspired by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.

Merely stating that one is a strong believer of Gandhis does not give a right to seek a stay on the release of the film, the order stated.

Taking the cognizance of the order by the Bombay High Court, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that there are no grounds for not agreeing with rulings of that court.

The petition was filed by a lawyer Ujjawal Anand Sharma who had claimed that the movie directed by Madhur Bhandarkar depicted late Indira Gandhi and her late son Sanjay in a bad light and was a ‘propaganda film’.

Previously, Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Sanjay Gandhi, had asked the court to halt release of movie that was finally cleared by the censor board last week.

Priya had alleged that the movie is full of concocted facts and is totally derogatory.

Following the protests against the release of the movie, Madhur Bhandarkar had to cancel more than one promotional event for the film. However, the movie will be hitting the screes on July 28.

First Published | 27 July 2017 1:56 PM
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